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Yamaha has now officially revealed its new Tracer 700 giving us the first proper look at the sport tourer.

The new model has been developed from the MT-07 platform and carries across the same 75bhp 689cc twin-cylinder engine.

Available from dealers in July, the new model will cost just £6,299 making it one of the most affordable touring options out there.

The Tracer 700 sees a focus on rider egonomics and long distance touring capabilities while still offering a motorcycle which performs well in a range of scenarios and is fun to ride.

It features a longer wheelbase and refined chassis which is said to provide more stability when touring with a pillion and luggage while a 17-litre fuel tank adds to the motorcycle’s touring credentials.

Yamaha MT 07 Tracer

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To aid rider and passenger comfort there is a new one-piece stepped dual seat and passenger grab bar while owners will also have the option to purchase a range of Yamaha accessories including 20-litre soft side cases, a 39-litre top case and a taller windscreen for better weather protection.

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The bike weighs in at a very respectable 196kg (wet) and features a manually adjustable screen, knuckle guards, dual headlights with LED position lights and digital instrumentation with full LED display.

Suspension has also been altered to deal with the changes to the chassis with 130mm of travel at both front and rear. The dual 282mm front discs with 4-pot callipers and a 245mm rear disc have been employed to deliver powerful and responsive braking. ABS comes as standard.

A group of yamaha tracer 700s

The bike travels on lightweight, 10-spoke cast aluminium wheels and will be available in three colours:  Radical Red, Tech Black and Yamaha Blue.

As a result of the new motorcycle, Yamaha is now set to make several alterations to it’s line-up with the MT-09 Tracer now becoming the Tracer 900. It will also be moved into the ‘Sport Touring’ segment joining the new Tracer 700 and the FJR.

yamaha tracer

Yamaha’s MT segment will then be renamed ‘Hyper Naked’ in an attempt to better reflect the manufacturer’s range of motorcycles.

What do you think of the new Tracer 700? Are you tempted by the competitive price? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or in the comments below.

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